Dictionary: letter F
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- She faced down critics from the more moderate wing of the party.
- Cultural diversity must be factored in.
- The severe temperatures and wind conditions had to be factored in.
- After a moment the noise faded away, and only the sound of a light breeze, and ringing, filled my ears.
- The building is falling apart.
- His marriage fell apart when he cheated on his wife.
- It's great to have a friend to fall back on.
- People fall back on alternative medicine when modern drugs don't work.
- They had no money to fall back on.
- Your schoolwork has fallen behind.
- He fell behind with the rent and was asked to leave the flat.
- She fell down and hurt her knees.
- She tripped and fell down
- She fell for him in a big way.
- Why does he always fall for the wrong women.
- How could you fall for such an old trick?
- She fell for his talk and bought the encyclopedia.
- He fell off his bike and hurt himself.
2 decrease (insep) (attendance, interest, quality, profits) decrease or become less or fewer drop off
- Attendance has fallen off this term.
- They've fallen out over some stupid misunderstanding.
- I don't want to fall out over this.
- I don't like Bill - I fell out with him when he sold me a car that didn't work.
- She slipped on the ice and fell over.
- He fell over and broke his leg.
- My daughter is learning to walk so she falls over quite a lot.
fall through fail (insep) (idea, plan, project, arrangement, scheme, proposal) fail and be abandoned
- The deal fell through for reasons that are not clear.
- The sale fell through at the last minute.
- The employees decided not to work for him and his plan fell through.
- Are you as fed up with what's going on in Washington as I am? I've become increasingly concerned about the current direction of our country.
- She managed to ferret out the secret.
- He swallowed hard, trying to fight back his emotions.
- I could tell she was fighting back the tears.
- I'm taking lots of vitamin C to help me fight off this cold.
- Stress weakens your immune system, making it harder for your body to fight off infection.
- Have you figured out what the problem is?
- I just can't figure her out.
- It didn't take me long to figure it out.
- Colleen was pleased that Gwen Swick was able to fill in for her, as Gwen was an old friend and they had worked together many times.
- My assistant will fill you in on the details.
- For those who haven't see it, let me fill you in on some of the highlights.
2 compete [fill something in] (form, cheque, name, coupon, space, questionnaire, hole) complete something with the correct information
- She gave me a form and told me to fill it in.
- You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire designed to measure your quality of life.
- You should always switch off the engine before you fill up with petrol.
- She filled up the kettle with water and made everyone a cup of tea.
- What will she say when she finds out?
- When you lose everything you find out who your real friends are.
- It's difficult for them to fit in with the way of life here.
- I just do not seem to fit in with other people.
- All my friends do it and I want to fit in with them.
2 include [fit something/someone in] manage to include it in a reduce space or time squeeze in
- The course pace is relatively fast as there is a lot to fit in.
- I did a lot of volunteering when I was at school but it fizzled out when I started work.
- He flaked out on the sofa.
flare up (insep) become angry
- He was an alcoholic and would flare up at anything.
flick through 1 look quickly [flick through something] (insep) (magazine, book, album, article, photos, cards) read or look quickly at the pages of a magazine or book flip through, glance over, leaf through
- I flicked through the photos on my camera.
2 change [flick through something] (insep) (channels) change repeatedly from one station or channel to another
- He flicked through the channels on the TV, hoping for some news.
- I was flicking through the channels when I saw her on the telly. I couldn't believe it.
flip through [flip through something] (insep) flick through
- People are starting to flood into the city for tonight's festivities.
- Tributes are continuing to flood in for the victim.
- The Angolan armed forces have recently flushed out the rebels from the area.
- In the port of Umm Qasr, to the south, royal marines have been flashing out the last pockets of resistance.
- I keep ringing them and complaining but they just fob me off ! They couldnt care less.
2 [fob something off] (responsibility) manage to make someone accept something faulty, worthless or difficult to deal with
- Don't try to fob off your responsibility on others!
- I don't want to be fobbed off with excuses, I want to know who is responsible for this problem!
- The international community made many promises, but never followed through.
- We must make sure they follow through.
- The fastest way to process your order is to follow it up with a call to our shop to confirm it.
- It's best to make your request in writing and follow up with a phone call.
- How much would I have to fork out?
- You will have to fork out some money to use their premium features.
- Parents will have to fork out extra cash this year for school dinners after a hike in prices.
- He's having to fork out for private tutoring for his daughter.
- My parents would freak out if I talked to them about this.
- Don't freak out and do something stupid every time something bad happens.
- Be sure to freshen up before your interview.
2 [freshen something up] make a place look new and attractive
- Cushions are an easy way to freshen up the look of a bedroom.
- They feel a refinery would frighten away tourists and potential tourism investors.
frighten off frighten away
- After a ridiculous amount of fucking about and watching crap on TV, I eventually persuaded them to leave.
- Hurry up cause I don't have time to fuck around today.
- He started yelling at me again and then told me to fuck off.
- Every time we win, we go and fuck up the next match with a stupid result.
- I fucked up my back in yoga this morning.
- The referee fucked up the match since the first penalty.